If you have any interest in plants at all, you will enjoy the Atlanta Botanical Garden. While admission is $12, it is definitely worth the price to see the orchids and various gardens (japanese, rose, ets.). Part of the attraction of this place is its location in Piedmont Park. After spending a couple of hours admiring beautiful flowers, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the Park. Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch or a frisbee!
Startime is a multi-entertainment complex (basically a Dave and Busters for the teens. There is a cinema, arcade, go-carts, mini-golf, etc. The place is definitely hopping on the weekend nights. Good place for the kids to entertain themselves. Both of the times I have gone, security has been present which has helped cut down on troublemakers. Plenty of parking available. Startime is located behind Value City off of Holcomb Bridge and Alpharetta Highway.
Brushstrokes is an emporium of G&L novelty items. Here people can get their Pride shirts, lubes, novelty cards and rent or purchase videos. The shop is conveniently located in the parking lot above Ansley Mall. There is always parking available but be careful driving through the parking lot as people are always walking across or parking (there are at least 5 bars in the shopping plaza).
The Emory Village Flower Shop is a great place to find the flowers for your special occasions. They are able to arrange same day delivery and personally make the arrangement you desire. I have found the staff to be willing to make suggestions and help me put together the "statement" I want to make. They also have small gift items to add to the flowers.
Van Michaels is my favorite salon in Atlanta for those times when my hair needs to look its very best. Most regulars at Van Michaels have a favorite stylist and it is best to book top stylists way in advance. There are stylists available at the last minute, but I would not recommend them if you are looking for the true Van Michaels experience.
Pirates Cove is a great place to take your family to have a fun evening out. The holes can be challenging and I often compete with the kids to see who can either have the least putts or the most. Often, we have so much fun that we even play the second course. The kids also love the arcade.
Spa Sydell is a first class spa operation in Atlanta. I have been very happy ewith the massages I have received, and my girlfriend has been very happy with her facials. I usually opt for the one hour massage which is priced at only $80. I always feel that I get my moneys worth. In this time of stress, there is nothing better than just being pampered for awhile.
Bennies Shoes has long been a mainstay of Atlanta men for high quality dress shoes at a discount price. While you may find better deals on the internet, there is nothing better than going to a shoe shop, trying on the shoes, and getting a good price. Bennies is definitely the first place in Atlanta you should check when you want to look nice, but don't want to spend a fortune.
If you want some Birkenstocks in Atlanta, then you have to go to Abbadabbas. The selection is great, the sales staff is not happy until you find the shoe that fits your foot. I have even found the staff to be helpful with return exchanges. I have often left with 2 pairs when I had only planned on buying 1 pair.
Psycho Sisters is a great place to get your clothes for special events and parties. The selection is good and the prices are affordable. The shop has a good mix of trendy apparel as well as formal attire. I have always found the employees willing to take the time to help me find the outfit I need.